Nicaragua Points of Interest and Places to Visit


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Cerro Negro Volcano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Ever wanted to sandboard down the youngest volcano in Central America? Just head to Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro Volcano. Looming over the village of Malpaisillo ...  Read more

Islets of Granada (Las Isletas de Granada)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

The city of Granada sits on Lake Nicaragua, which is an understandably popular draw for both locals and tourists. One of the most interesting things to do ...  Read more

Lake Nicaragua (Lake Cocibolca)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Nicaragua’s largest lake goes by many names: Lake Nicaragua, Lake Cocibolca, Lake Granada and even “Mar Dulce,” or “Sweet Sea.” The official name is Lake ...  Read more


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

If you’re looking for handmade jewelry while in Nicaragua, or locally made rocking chairs, hammocks, and traditional blouses, just head to the city of Masaya. ...  Read more

Lake Managua (Lake Xolotlán)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

A trip to Lake Managua (Lake Xolotlán, or Lago Xolotlán) is more about lakeside vistas than the (polluted) water. A quick jaunt from Managua’s city ...  Read more

Ruben Dario National Theatre (Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

A humble exterior conceals an elegant, velvet-swathed concert hall at the Rubén Darío National Theatre (Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío), ...  Read more

Masaya Volcano

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Skip the hike and drive right up to the lava-spitting rim of Masaya Volcano (Volcan Masaya), perched between Managua and Granada. The active volcano’s famous ...  Read more

Ometepe Island (Isla de Ometepe)

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

With its pair of volcanic peaks shrouded in mist and rising up from the waters of Nicaragua Lake, Ometepe Island paints a hauntingly beautiful landscape for ...  Read more

National Palace of Culture (Palacio Nacional de la Cultura)

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

In a city infamous for a lacking cultural center, Managua’s National Palace of Culture stands as a testament to Nicaragua’s rich history. The complex houses ...  Read more

Tiscapa Lagoon Natural Reserve (Reserva Natural Laguna de Tiscapa)

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Combine a bit of nature, a sprinkle of history, and the best view of Managua on a trip to the Tiscapa Lagoon—a crater lake, park, and nature reserve right in ...  Read more

Casa de los Tres Mundos

If you’re interested in cultural events while in Nicaragua’s Granada, make Casa de los Tres Mundos part of your itinerary. This non-profit arts and cultural ...  Read more


From bougainvillea to orchids, dahlias and jasmine, the little town of Catarina overflows with flowers and herbs which tumble from the nurseries, gardens, and ...  Read more

Flor de Caña Rum Factory

Latin America is as well known for its rum production as it is for its rum consumption.  A tour of the Flor de Cana Rum Factory offers travelers the ...  Read more

Fortaleza La Polvora

The five towers of the Fortaleza La Polvora once served as the lookout posts of this Spanish fort, but today visitors make the most of the excellent views for ...  Read more

San Juan de Oriente

Looking for ceramics while in Nicaragua? Head to the tiny village of San Juan de Oriente, where practically everyone is a potter. As you wander the village’s ...  Read more

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